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64,399 new infections, caseload tops 21L

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9

Bringing fatalities below 1% new target

  • Lowering fatality rate to less than 1% is the national goal

  • 3 in 5 Covid deaths in Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu

  • Govt claims there’s no under reporting of Covid deaths

With record 64,399 new Covid cases and the cumulative disease load touching 21,53,010 today, the government again told states to make mortality reduction their top priority.

Lowering case fatality rate to less than 1 per cent is the national goal now with India’s average Covid death rate dropping to 2.01 per cent today.

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AIIMS, New Delhi, has been asked to hold two virtual meetings every week with doctors across the country to apprise them of successful Covid-management strategies. The existing clinical protocols led to record 53,879 recoveries in 24 hours today, taking the number of people discharged to 14,80,884 and the national cure rate to 68.78 per cent.

Mortality reduction focus is on Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu that make up 60.56 per cent of the national death burden. This means three in every five Covid deaths in India are from these states.

Meanwhile, despite apprehensions around the veracity of India’s Covid mortality data, the government today said there was no under reporting.

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